Cecilia Velástegui

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Cecilia Velástegui
Cecilia Velástegui.jpg
Born (1953-09-29) September 29, 1953 (age 64)
Quito, Ecuador
Residence Monarch Beach, California
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Southern California
Occupation Author
Website www.ceciliavelastegui.com

Cecilia Velástegui (born September 29, 1953) is an American author who lives in Monarch Beach, California. As an author, she has been collected by libraries.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Velástegui was born in Quito, Ecuador.[2] She graduated from University of Southern California with a master's degree in 1977.[3]


Her first novel, Gathering the Indigo Maidens (2011),[4] was a finalist for the Mariposa Prize. Her second novel, Traces of Bliss (2012), was selected to the National Latino Book Club by the Association of American Publishers and the Las Comadres international organization.[5] Her third novel, Missing in Machu Picchu (2013),[6] was awarded first place in adventure fiction by the International Latino Book Awards,[7] but was given an unfavorable review by Publishers Weekly.[8]

In 2014 her novel Parisian Promises received a positive review from US Review of Books.[9]

Velástegui has been invited as an author panelist at Literary Orange, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the Big Orange Book, and the Los Angeles Zoo.

Velástegui also writes children’s bilingual fables.[10] Olinguito Speaks Up-Olinguito alza la voz (2013)[11] received first place for Best Latino Focused Children’s Picture Book by the 2014 International Latino Book Awards.[12]


  • Velástegui, Cecilia (2011). Gathering the Indigo Maidens. Libros Pub. ISBN 978-0983745815.
  • Velástegui, Cecilia (2012). Traces of Bliss. Libros Pub. ISBN 978-0983745877.
  • Velástegui, Cecilia (2013). Missing in Machu Picchu. Libros Pub. ISBN 978-0985176945.
  • Velástegui, Cecilia (2013). Olinguito Speaks Up. Libros Publishing LLC. ISBN 9780985176976.
  • Velástegui, Cecilia (2014). Lalo Loves to Help. Libros Publishing Llc. ISBN 9780990671305.
  • Velástegui, Cecilia (2015). Parisian Promises. Libros Publishing Llc. ISBN 9780985176914.


  1. ^ "Velástegui, Cecilia". worldcat.org. Retrieved November 24, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Cecilia Velástegui, Jetsetter and Author, Discusses Her Writing and 'The Serendipity of the Spanish Tongue'". The Latin Post, Nicole Akoukou Thompson Jun 11, 2015
  3. ^ "Festival features USC alumni, faculty". Daily Trojan.
  4. ^ "Local author to sign first novel today at mission". The Orange County Register. 
  5. ^ "September 2013 Teleconference: Linda Rodriguez, Cecilia Velástegui". Las Comadres. 30 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Lovitt, Paige. "Book Review: Missing in Machu Picchu by Cecilia Velástegui". Blogcritics. 
  7. ^ "2013 Winners - Las Comadres - Latino Literature". Latino Book Awards. 
  8. ^ "Missing in Machu Picchu ". Publishers Weekly.
  9. ^ Parisian Promises. US Review of Books, reviewed by John E. Roper in 2014.
  10. ^ "Festival features USC alumni, faculty". The Daily Trojan. By CARRIE RUTH MOORE, April 13, 2014
  11. ^ "Olinguito Speaks Up"/ Foreword Reviews, Reviewed by Beth VanHouten February 11, 2014
  12. ^ "16th Annual International Latino Book Awards 2014 Finalists". Las Comadres - Latino Literature. 27 April 2014. 

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